Solved Page Fault In Non Paged Area

October 12, 2012 at 02:24:29
Specs: Windows XP Media Center, AMD/2GB
I've got a client with a reboot loop. When trying to run from the e-machines XP Media Center OS Disc, I get this message. I check the RAM with MemTest98+. It passed 42 times, so that looks good. I couldn't get Seatools to run on the client's computer because the mouse wasn't recognized in the Seatools GUI. However, I pulled the HD out, and put it in an enclosure, and hooked it up to my computer. When I powered on the enclosure, it sent my computer to the same blue screen (Page Fault In Non Paged Area) When my computer booted back up, the hard disk in the enclosure only showed up as a recovery partition (about 10GB). The drive is 160GB. I check in disk management, and the rest of the 160GB shows up, but there is nothing I can do with it. It won't even show it's properties (says something about refreshing the drive list, which I do, but to no effect). I started up Seatools for Windows, and the drive showed up under "USB" but I'm not sure if it detected the whole drive, or just that recovery partition (Seatools doesn't show any drive sizes). Anyway, I did a short scan and long scan with Seatools, and it came up clean. Not sure how to proceed. By the way, I can't get into the OS on the client's drive with any option (Safe Mode, etc.).

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October 13, 2012 at 14:25:39
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SeaTools and similar diagnostic software doesn't show partitions - it's for testing the actual physical drive for platter or read/write head damage. Whatever partitions the drive has is irrelevant to those kinds of tests.

It appears the drive's health is okay, you just need to re-install Windows on it as the existing Windows installation is corrupt.

You may first want to test the drive with something else for a "second opinion". I don't use SeaTools at all, or Western Digital's equivalent, as they both have several shortcomings. I use something more comprehensive & which isn't tied to a drive brand, it's called HDAT2:

It's "DOS only" so the drive to be tested must be installed internally. Run the "Read & Write" test on the drive so that any bad blocks it finds it will automatically fix if possible.

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October 13, 2012 at 15:46:46
Scan came up clean.

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October 14, 2012 at 04:21:42
After the scan, I was able to boot into Windows again. Problem solved. Thank you.

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